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The 10 Best Hotels In San Sebastian

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Updated: 9 February 2017
San Sebastian has turned from a quiet fishing village into the culinary hotspot of Spain, featuring one of the densest assembly of Michelin-star restaurants in the world. Within the historic center and the surrounding areas, numerous hotels are just waiting to welcome the many visitors to the city. Whether you are looking for classic Belle-Epoque style comfort or modern bag-packing hostels, take your pick from our list of top ten hotels in Donostia.

Hotel Maria Cristina

The exclusive Hotel Maria Cristina has been around for decades. Celebrities from Elizabeth Taylor to Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt have passed through its door during the San Sebastian Film Festival and continue to make it one the most reputable hotels in the city. The hotel is only a stone throw away from the city’s best beaches and the historic center and it offers magnificent views over the Mediterranean Sea. Designed in a classic style, Maria Cristina exudes elegance and sophistication. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, there’s hardly a more scenic place to spend the night and if that wasn’t enough, the luxury suits feature private terraces with a dazzling view over the city.

República Argentina Kalea, 4, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 43 76 00

Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

Widely considered one of the best hotels in the city, the Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra with its spotless white exterior and scenic location on the waterfront has been attracting guests from near and far for more than a hundred years. The four-star hotel has made a seamless transition to modernity while losing none of its historical charm. Strongly adhering to features of the Belle Epoque, the hotel offers classic rooms with a simple elegance that few places manage to attain. Needless to say, the service is outstanding and always ready to assist visitors with any problems. What better way to wake up than with the dazzling panorama of the Mediterranean, followed by a stroll along San Sebastian’s promenades. Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra continues to uphold its excellent reputation and provides everything your traveler heart desires.

Calle Zubieta, 2, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 44 07 70

La Galería

Located only minutes away from Ondarreta Beach, the unpretentious La Galería hotel is located in an elegant 19th-century building, designed in the French style. The historic center is within walking distance and so is the famous beach of La Concha. Each room is uniquely designed with a focus on different artists such as Picasso, Renoir, Dalí and Miró, including a painting over the bed. The hotel’s sophisticated blend of colors and charming touches such as old-fashioned ceiling fans instead of modern air-conditioning manage to complement the classic theme of its exterior. Visitors looking to find some refuge from the bustling city center can find peace at La Galeria.

Kristina Infantaren Kalea, 3, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 31 75 59

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Hotel Punta Monpas

Located on the less busy Zurriola Beach, which is increasingly popular with the local surfers, the Hotel Punta Monpas offers minimalistic and modernized rooms in a laid-back setting. Visitors only need to take a short walk crossing the river in order to reach the cultural center of San Sebastian. Most rooms face the seaside and offer all the amenities of modern comfort. The surrounding area is filled with hip cafés and bars, catering to a youthful crowd that frequents the shores of Zurriola. A 24-hour reception provides all the necessary information and tips about activities in the city. Hotel Punta Monpas is a favourite among young travelers and couples but welcomes all sorts of guests from all over the world.

Jose Miguel Barandiaran Kalea, 32, 20013 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 28 55 85

Hotel Villa Soro

Located in a Victorian villa and surrounded by well-kept lawns and trees, the Hotel Villa Soro could hardly be more atmospheric. This refined hotel is within easy reach of all sights and beaches, while retaining a certain sense of being secluded. Consisting of two sophisticated buildings, one of which is part of the Historical Heritage Building of San Sebastian, this place offers individually designed rooms with unobtrusive yet elegant features and is equipped with all amenities visitors could possibly need during their stay. Should problems arise, the professional staff is happy to jump in and fulfill any needs or assist with any queries. Once popular with kings and aristocrats, San Sebastian has retained a piece of its royal culture in the confines of the Hotel Villa Soro.

Avenida de Ategorrieta, 61, 20013 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 29 79 70

Art7

Located within the former Astoria cinema, the contemporary apartments of Art7 are situated right on the Urumea river and offer independence during your stay in the Northern Spanish city. Spread out over the first and second floor, the apartments have skilfully interwoven elements of traditional Basque culture with cinema-inspired features. Visitors can lean back in the spacious living rooms and marvel at the perfectly designed interior, which focuses on neutral and unobtrusive colors along with light-wooden accents. Art7 is equipped with all you could need in an apartment, making it ideal for those looking to stay for longer in the city. Additional amenities such as bathrobes, babysitting services or even a PlayStation can be provided at an extra cost. Art7 brings a novel concept to the service and travel industry and continues to see numerous bookings.

Avenida Sancho el Sabio, 28 San Sebastián, 20013 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 445 000

Hotel Niza

Situated right on the beach, the Hotel Niza dates back to 1911 and features 40 beautifully designed rooms and a dazzling restaurant. It is owned by the family of famous sculptor Eduardo Chillida, most renowned for his abstract Peine del Viento sculpture which can be found in the western corner of the Concha beach. While having undergone modernization, this place has retained its simple elegance through charming features such as an old-fashioned lift and artworks by the skillful artist. The decorations of the rooms and the hotel itself balance pastel colors and sophisticated furniture.

Zubieta, 56, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 42 66 63

Irenaz Resort

Irenaz Resort was constructed in a good residential area of San Sebastian and is easily reachable by foot or transport. The hotel was one of the first in the city to introduce 1 or 2-bedroom apartments for rent, for those who were keen to spend more time in the scenic Basque city or didn’t desire the sterility of hotel stays. Irenaz Resort offers all the comforts and amenities of a classic hotel while allowing the visitor to feel at home. A private terrace offers dazzling views over the surrounding areas and further enhances the elegant yet cozy feel of the private apartments. Irenaz offers a unique way of exploring San Sebastian while loosing none of the sophistication of conventional hotels.

Oriamendi Pasealekua, 94, 20009 Aiete-Miramón, San Sebastián, Spain, +34 943 30 81 49

Pension Nuevas Artes

With prices steadily rising in the city centre, the Pension Nuevas Artes is the secret budget tip, offering simple yet comfortable rooms and charming service. With its bare stone walls, this place offers a certain homely rustic feel. The friendly couple running this place are more than happy to engage with the visitors and help out wherever possible. While there are no communal areas, this fact can hardly be considered a disadvantage when you can step outside your door and wander through the bustling streets of San Sebastian’s historic hub and discover its many sights, restaurants and bars.

C/Urbieta 64, 20006, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 474 905

Green Nest Hostel

This place is arguably one of the hippest and most affordable places in San Sebastian, with modern rooms and an intriguing architecture. The bagpacking hostel is only a bus ride away from the city center. The eco-friendly box park features communal kitchens and areas, a panoramic terrace and even a football pitch. One of the best places to meet other young travelers and make your stay in the Basque city affordable, the Green Nest Hostel offers a minimalist charm and a social ambiance. The hotel has four and six-bedroom dorms which are kept spotless. One of the top bagpacking destinations, Green Nest Hostel is worth the visit.

Uba Bidea, 43, 20014 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 45 71 17